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Books about the future of Urban Development

. Books about the future of Urban Development


MVRDV: Reads
by Winy Maas, Andreas Ruby, Sanford Kwinter
In an old printing shop in Rotterdam, MVRDV produces designs and studies in the fields of architecture, urbanism, and landscape design. Founded in Rotterdam in 1991 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, and Nathalie de Vries, MVRDV has become a household name in the Netherlands and beyond. With experimental research projects and mind-bending architecture, MVRDV has carved itself a niche in the international scene over the past 10 years. Classic projects include the gravity-defying WoZoCo old age home in Amsterdam, the headquarters for public broadcasting company VPRO in Hilversum, the Dutch pavilion for World Expo 2000 in Hanover, and the recently completed Housing Silo in Amsterdam. The firm's experimental research projects on density, using a method of shaping space through complex amounts of data, have resulted in the publication FARMAX, the traveling exhibition Metacity/Datatown, and Pig City and Costa Iberica. This publication examines the context of MVRDV's research-based thinking and radical design strategies. Texts by a number of international critics, philosophers, and architects probe into the whys and wherefores of MVRDV's architecture, the potential of the data-scapes, and the secret of the firm's success. Contributors compare MVRDV with other generations of architects and describe how new concepts are born.


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MVRDV: Costa Iberica Upbeat To The Leisure City
by Winy Maas

The Spanish and Portuguese coastal area has become a tremendous economic success. In 50 years it has turned into the densest 'city' in Europe due to a series of attractions that are lacking elsewhere: sun, sea, food, freedom, cheapness.
But despite these huge advantages and its endless expansion, it is condemned for its monocultural behaviour, for its lack of history, taste and culture, its overwhelming hegemony over natural resources, its total ignorance of ecological responsibility. This controversy freezes its potential rather than activates it. What should be done with this paradoxical phenomenon that balances between disgust and charm, between attraction and repulsion? Could this controversy not be transformed into a more productive approach by capitalising on its massive values, enabling the area to be turned into a more sustainable and elaborate example of the Leisure City?

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Mass Identity Architecture : Architectural Writings of Jean Baudrillard
by Francesco Proto
The work of philosopher Baudrillard has been hailed as a vital part of architects' work for the last 20 years. Though he has become a popular figure in architectural education and practice, this is the first time that his work has been pulled together to present a complete assessment and understanding of it.

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S,M,L,Xl
by Rem Koolhaas, Bruce Mau, Hans Werlemann
This extraordinary, massive, and mind-boggling 1,300-page book combines essays, manifestos, diaries, fairy tales, travelogues, a cycle of meditations on the contemporary city--and complex illustration--with work produced by Koolhaas' Office for Metropolitan Architecture over the past twenty years. This almost overwhelming accumulation of words and images illuminates the condition of architecture today--its splendors and miseries--exploring and revealing the corrosive effects of politics, context, the economy, and globalization. In some ways, this is the "Medium is the Message" of 1990s architectural discourse: guaranteed to be hugely influential in the coming decades, but grossly misunderstood by those who have not read it. The core arguments it makes about metropolitan architecture--accepting complexity and lack of centralized control--are similar to those of Kevin Kelly's Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World.

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Mutations
by Rem Koolhaas, Stefano Boeri, Sanford Kwinter, Nadia Tazi, Daniela Fabricius

"A city is a plane of tarmac with some red hot spots of intensity," Rem Koolhaas, the pathbreaking architect and author of such semiotically seminal books as Delirious New York and the more recent S, M, L, XL, remarked in 1969. More than 30 years later, there are more of those hot spots around the world than ever, and they're getting hotter every day. Globalization, standardization, and the high-speed innovations of our current information age are transforming urban centers from London to Los Angeles to Lagos, and more places are becoming more urban, and at a faster pace, than ever before.
Mutations is an eye-popping atlas-cum-analysis of this new urbanization, and much of it is composed of essays and meditations (from a variety of contributors) on the 21st-century international City (often un-)Beautiful. Most of them are written in language that will be familiar to readers of Koolhaas's past books: in other words, dense, abstract, and chock-full of references to Foucault, Deleuze, and Guattari. If you like that sort of deconstructivist yammering, great; if not, the major small-type essays are best sampled (or, better, skimmed) one at a time, interspersed with the many other more accessible elements of the book that truly do add up to a vivid and fascinating mosaic of postmodern urbanism.

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Informal
by Cecil Balmond

Rem Koolhaas: "Balmond has, almost single-handedly, shifted the ground in engineering, and therefore enabled architecture to be imagined differently."

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The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo.
by Saskia Sassen
This classic work chronicles how New York, London, and Tokyo became command centers for the global economy and in the process underwent a series of massive and parallel changes. What distinguishes Sassen's theoretical framework is the emphasis on the formation of cross-border dynamics through which these cities and the growing number of other global cities begin to form strategic transnational networks. All the core data in this new edition have been updated, while the preface and epilogue discuss the relevant trends in globalization since the book originally came out in 1991.
Saskia Sassen is Professor of Sociology and of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Her other books include Guests and Aliens, The Mobility of Labor and Capital, Losing Control, and Globalization and Its Discontents.

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Global Networks, Linked Cities
by Saskia Sassen

Reimagining cities as nodes of an immense network of commercial and political transactions, sociologist Saskia Sassen has transformed Information Age geography. Global Networks, Linked Cities collects research, theory, and case studies examining cities in this context by Sassen and 19 other social scientists, focusing particularly on the recent explosive growth in areas formerly - now inaccurately - called the Third World.
The jargon in Global Networks, Linked Cities can be fairly dense and the style arid, but the essays reward patient readers with insight into the interlinked worlds of finance, geography, communications, and geopolitics. Most of the pieces look closely at individual urban regions: Shanghai, Buenos Aires, and, interestingly, Beirut. All have much to tell us about the organic urban development coevolving with globalized commerce and communications, says editor Sassen. As barriers to free information flow erode, we see mergers between political, business, and academic entities.Global Networks, Linked Cities shows us how this is happening and how to think about what's coming next. - Rob Lightner

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Global City-Regions: Trends, Theory, Policy
by Allen J. Scott (Editor)
There are now more than three hundred city-regions around the world with populations of more than one million. As globalization intensifies, these city-regions come to pose many new questions and problems. This book presents a highly original and multifaceted review of these issues by some of the leading researchers in the field. It seeks at once to define the question of global city-regions and to describe the internal and external dynamics that shape them; it proposes a theorization of global city-regions based on their economic and political responses to intensifying levels of globalization; and it offers a number of policy insights into the severe social problems that confront global city-regions as they come face to face with an economically and politically neoliberal world.

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Urban Landscape Switzerland
by Avenir Suisse, Angelus Eisinger (Editor), Winy Maas (Contributor), Franz Oswald (Contributor), Michel Schneider, Joel Tettamanti
Commissioned by the foundation ‘avenir suisse’ (Think Tank for Economic and Social Issues), this study examines modern-day Switzerland and its changing spatial reality. Describing settlement areas as either "urban" or "rural" is no longer apt as we now live in a collage of urban, suburban, and rural elements which together form conglomerations with several centres over large areas of land. This requires new political solutions, challenging the institutional framework of federalism and the concept of local government. This book comprises contributions by experts from the fields of architecture, sociology, geography, politics and economics, which take into account the various perspectives. The prominent Dutch architect Winy Maas from MVRDV presents as an outsider a qualified vision for a Switzerland of the future, and also provides visual material to illustrate other contributions. Whilst focusing on Switzerland as a case study, this book is a thought-provoking report on the gradual changes taking place in industrialised countries, and the conclusions which are drawn need not be limited to Switzerland.

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Splintering Urbanism: Networked Infrastructures, Technological Mobilities and the Urban Condition
by Stephen Graham, Simon Marvin
Two defining processes shape our age: the urbanization of our planet and the uneven connections of globalization. Both are underpinned by radical transformations of networked infrastructures: telecommunications, transport, energy, water, and even urban streets. Splintering Urbanism offers a path-breaking analysis of the contemporary urban condition through the lens of such infrastructure networks. It develops an unprecedented international and interdisciplinary analysis of the complex interactions between infrastructure networks, new technologies, and contemporary urban spaces.

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